Thoughtful Tuesday: Sleep Awareness

Since many people are working from home, our daily routines have been forced to change. For some, this includes one of the most important daily needs...sleep. Though it may seem juvenile to stick to a sleeping schedule, the benefits of getting good sleep can affect every part of your physical and mental health.

Your brain needs sleep in order to function properly. Studies have shown that people who don't sleep well often have high blood pressure which can lead to heart disease and higher risk for a heart attack. Sleep is essential for your brain to assist your memory and learning.

Reaching each stage of sleep each time you sleep is important because each stage stimulates different parts of your brain. This stimulation is essential for creating your long term memories. Not only does sleep assist in your learning and memory functions, but sleeping well also helps with your body's energy.

Waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle can make you more drowsy throughout the day because your cycle was interrupted. This is why not snoozing your alarm is very important. Another thing many of us are guilty of is waking up before our alarm and proceeding to go back to bed...even if it is only for an extra three minutes.

If you'd like to improve your sleeping schedule, try using a sleep app. These apps wake you up when your sleep cycle is in the first/last stage of sleep. Since this is the lightest stage of sleep your body can be in, it is easier to wake up for the day during this stage.

Getting enough sleep every night is a great way to improve your focus as well as your mood. Those who achieve the recommended eight hours of sleep every night are more likely to live longer than those who get more or less than eight hours of sleep. Despite a changing schedule, it is important to get enough sleep each night.

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Stay Safe and Stay Home!